I am not pleased with the continuing references to Israel as the source of Middle East problems. Prime Minister Tony Blair continues to tie a deal between Israel and the Palestinians, to peace and stability in the region.
I don’t know how Tony Blair or anyone else can possibly come to that conclusion.
Did Iraq invade Iran because of Israel and the Palestinians?
Did Saddam murder as many as, and perhaps more than one million of his own citizens: Kurds to the North and Shiites to the South because of Israel and the Palestinians?
Did Saddam gas 5000 Kurds in Halabja because of Israel and the Palestinians?
Did he invade Kuwait because of Israel and the Palestinians?
Did the late President of Syria, Hafez al Assad murder as many as, and possibly more than 30,000 of his own citizens in the Syrian city of Hama because of Israel and the Palestinians?
Did the Ayatollah Khomeini destroy the secular, wealthy and modern Iran because of Israel and the Palestinians?
Are virtually all of the Arabic countries ruled by dictators and thugs, both secular and religious because of Israel and the Palestinians?
Is Saudi Arabia, which is the world’s single largest oil producer a poverty country because of Israel and the Palestinians?
Did Syria, the Moslems and the PLO destroy a modern, mostly secular and somewhat democratic Lebanon because of Israel and the Palestinians?
Has the entire Arab world turned its back on the Palestinians, cursing them to live in poverty and hatred, and refuse them citizenship, even for Palestinian children born in the land where they exist in refugee camps, simply because of Israel?
There are no shortages of problems in the Middle East. There are no shortages of inter-Arab hatreds in the Middle East. There is no shortage of misogyny in the Middle East. There is no shortage of a lack of modernity in the Middle East. And there is no shortage of poverty, ignorance and hatred for everything Western in the Middle East.
To suggest, that a peace deal between the Israelis and Palestinians will fix all of that is absurd. Nonetheless, this is what Tony Blair will have the world believe.
The fact that EVERY Arab news provider exhorts lies and ill feelings towards Jews and Israelis seems not to be an issue with Tony Blair. The fact that MOST Arab political and religious leaders in the Middle East promote hatred towards Jews and Israelis also seems not to be an issue with Tony Blair.
And the FACT that countries such as Iran, Iraq, Syria and Saudi Arabia also finance terrorist groups to murder Jews and Israelis seems like no big deal to Tony Blair either. And in the case of Syria and Iran, they actually arm, train and shelter the murderous terrorists whose only vocation is to kill Jews and Israelis.
However; all that said, I can not believe that any of this is lost on Britain’s Prime Minister Tony Blair. So what’s the purpose of him tying a peaceful Middle East to an Israeli/Palestinian deal?
Tony Blair wants to mollify the Arab states and the anti-Semites within his own country.
Blair is willing to sacrifice Israel to show the Arab world that he is even-handed. And that the victory over Saddam must carry some quid-pro-quo.
It seems to me that Israel is the quid-pro-quo. And that’s wrong.
I hope that President Bush will not be drawn into this geopolitical mess by Tony Blair, much like he was drawn into going to the UN for the second resolution, also for the benefit of Tony Blair.
I have a great deal of respect and admiration for Tony Blair’s brave stand on his Iraq policy, especially in the face of such dissension amongst the British people and within his own political ranks. And I hope he has every success for his determined position and loyalty to the USA.
But not at the price of selling out Israel.
I am an American citizen and read your editorials regularly. I agree with your thoughts almost 100 percent, and believe you have been correct on all of your comments regarding our pathetic administration. If you feel the same way about Canadian politics, I would strongly urge you to run, and I would wish you nothing but the best. Too bad you can’t run for office in this country.
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